Monthly Archives: August 2013

Milking the Cow: Days 4 and beyond, and notes

Oh my, these last few days have been busy! It got to a point that I literally had no time to fix the problems I’d discovered with the milking stall, but because I hadn’t fixed them, milking was taking more … Continue reading

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Farm symbiosis

Joel Salatin’s farm is called Polyface Farm. The reason for the name is that his farm embraces the old, homestead-style model of raising many different animals on one farm and taking advantage of the beneficial relationships they offer one another. … Continue reading

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Milking the Cow: Day 3

Day 3 – Aug. 16, 2013 There will obviously come a time—hopefully soon—when the morning milkings will, by and large, be uneventful. At that point, I’ll quit regularly blogging about them. But that time is not yet, and while we’re … Continue reading

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Milking the Cow: Day 2

Day 2 – Aug. 15, 2013 I’m 30 minutes late milking this morning, and Gerty is bellowing again. We commence with yesterday’s process: she rushes through the barely-opened gate into the stall and begins devouring her morning snack. I wash … Continue reading

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Milking the Cow: Day 1

Day 1 – Aug. 14, 2013: Gerty has been bellowing for a while, by the time I let her into the milking stall. She was separated from her calf from 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., and her udders are obviously … Continue reading

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Concluding: Open letter to DBU

The open letter I recently wrote to Dallas Baptist University evoked the entire spectrum of responses. I was glad that it resonated with some; I was saddened that, for some others, apparently some of my words got in the way … Continue reading

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Thanks everyone for reading and commenting on my open letter to DBU. The response has been, frankly, much more overwhelming than I expected! I just want to mention a few things: 1) I did change some language that I realized … Continue reading

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